So after a long hiatus since I've last seen much of anything in my yard, I opted to take Boone's advice and loop around the pond that is part of my "yard" from the far side, and try to get a vantage point away from the golf course (which is packed with inept suburbanites who have grand aspirations of being the next Nicklaus, but none of the game). I found a parking lot on the far side after work that looks over the pond and the first bird I had winging its way toward me was a Caspian Tern! This has been on my radar the last couple months as I've seen them at three different locations less than 2 miles from my place, but I still am pretty psyched to pick this one up for my non-lakefront County yard. Also of lesser note was a male Belted Kingfisher who was hunting the pond (didn't nest here), and 36 DCCO hauled out on the logs that were checked carefully for a smaller southern relative without luck. Still a few YWARs and a WIFL around, I wonder how much longer they'll hang on.
Oh I almost forgot to mention that the Caspian Tern ties me with Putnam's Kent Cty Black Oak haven all time! Yeah that's right. Let the whining begin! Also, this was my first year yardbird since I picked up CONI on May 25... Talk about summer doldrums. I'm hoping the water levels decline on the ponds and the pull a few tringa or calidris down.
Bird on fellas, go find some MEGA fluddles!
2013 and beyond
It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.
2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.